After having a solid career playing cornerback at Georgia Tech, Union Grove alumnus D.J. White might be the highest Southern Crescent player picked in this year's NFL draft. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

Getting defensive: Making the case for 5 Southern Crescent prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com The 2016 NFL Draft starts Thursday, and the three-day affair will serve as the launching pad for many of the players who can take the sport of football into the 2020’s, and some even into the 2030’s. Southern Crescent area prospects will look to make an impact like some of the area’s

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Sandy Creek alum Justin Sumpter returns to Kennesaw State as the Owls' best receiver. (Kennesaw State)

SPRING FOOTBALL REPORT: Southern Crescent alumni doing well in Georgia’s colleges and universities

                                                By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com Most of the state’s college football teams have either already held spring practice or are currently holding spring practices as they prepare for the 2016 season. An

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Lovejoy rising senior Malik Route has been turning heads since the MVP Camp three weeks ago. (PHOTO: Jason Mussell)

LOVEJOY FOOTBALL: Malik Route has big college football aspirations despite his small stature | VIDEO

By Gabriel Stovall gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com LOVEJOY, Ga. — Derrick Smith knew it was going to be a good day for one of his best receivers when he saw how Malik Route was moving both the opposing defensive back, and the crowd. It happened during the MVP Camp hosted by Lovejoy three weeks ago. It was an

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Jonesboro will look to build on its 2015 season while playing some of the Southern Crescent's most talented teams in 2016. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Top 25 Southern Crescent football games for 2016 Part 1: Southern Crescent vs. Southern Crescent games

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com   In Part 1 of our look at the top 25 anticipated football games for the upcoming season we start with games pitting Southern Crescent teams against other Southern Crescent teams, both non-region and region. Almost every season there are intriguing non-region matchups pitting unfamiliar teams against each other, and since

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Mount Zion head coach Tiesha Wilson oversaw the best girls basketball team in the Southern Crescent in the 2015-16 season. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Final Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Power Rankings: Mount Zion on top

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com   The competition was fierce for both ends of the final Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Rankings. While Region 4-AAAA champion Mount Zion did enough to convincingly earn the No. 1 spot and title of best girls team in the Southern Crescent, it was a mad dash for the final few

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Jonesboro's James M.J. Walker poured in 30 points in Saturday's semifinal win against Liberty County. (File Photo)

PREP BASKETBALL: Southern Crescent boys basketball state tourney preview

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com In the 10 boys basketball teams from the Southern Crescent to make the state tournament field, four classifications and five regions are represented. There’s no chance for an all-Southern Crescent Final Four in Class 4A, but it, along with our area’s Class 5A schools, leads the way with four area representatives

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Lovejoy Girls Looking to Region

Looking towards the future: Lovejoy girls healthy, eyeing run in region tournament and beyond

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com HAMPTON Ga. – If the seeding holds to form for the Region 2-AAAAAA Girls Basketball Tournament, Lovejoy will earn a trip to the state tournament. In the first season playing under head coach Cedric King, who took Sandy Creek and Carver to state championship games at previous stops, Lovejoy has played

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Lovejoy's Chris Henderson de-commited from Indiana and chose to stay closer to home by signing with an emerging Alabama mid-major program. (Special Photo)

SIGNING DAY: Lovejoy DE Chris Henderson’s signing to South Alabama was a family affair

By Bill Renje LOVEJOY, Ga — What goes unseen is usually more powerful than what we actually see on National Signing Day. On the surface, we see the rewards of hard work and effort. We see a coming together of athletes, families, schools and communities to celebrate a high school athlete’s opportunity to compete and

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Griffin remains dangerous thanks to 6-2 center Andeija Puckett. (PHOTO: Gabriel Stovall)

Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Top 10: New team at No. 1, reshuffling at the top

By James Butler jbutler@thecrescentbuzz.com All 10 teams who were in last week’s Southern Crescent Buzz Girls Basketball Top 10 return this week. However, for the first time this year in either the boys or girls rankings, there is a change at the top spot. Jonesboro drops after falling to Mount Zion, so who is the

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